Modern Christian Apologists such as William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas are deeply regarded by many believers today as presenting some of the strongest and most cogent arguments for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. As one who has become openly skeptical within the last fifteen months of my life I still find it important to take on the challenge of faith. I am also willing to say that if I find compelling reasons within my life to reconsider my skepticism in this regard, I will do so for I strive to be a person that will follow the truth wherever it leads.
With that being said I have come to find some rather compelling reasons to the contrary that have brought me to suspend my judgment with regard to possessing belief in any kind of God or supernatural realm. My reasons were born out of my own struggle to reconcile faith with present human knowledge across the board. This is where I intend to now narrow in toward anyone that strives to make a case for the resurrection of Jesus in the affirmative. William Lane Craig often says within his own argumentation that it is the religio-historical context of Jesus that tips us off to necessitating belief in his resurrection from death.
For the sake of argument and open inquiry let us first grant that an extraordinary miracle did in fact occur regarding the body of Jesus. From the very beginning I do not claim knowledge in this realm, remember this statement! My judgment has been suspended for reasons I will get into shortly.
As a first line of thought should a resurrection from death necessarily lead to definitive belief in an unseen God? To put this in another light, should a bodily resurrection necessarily lead to belief in an honest Jesus? Does a claim of honesty and a follow through with an extraordinary miracle necessitate belief in a God that for unknown reasons does not choose to establish regular lines of verification for a wider audience?
What could these regular lines of verification honestly look like within the world? Well, it could in fact mirror the many alleged interventions of God in the past in which this being intentionally established a relationship with people that would otherwise live unaware. An all-powerful God could quite reasonably make himself blatantly obvious within the lives of all human beings. This would still not affect one’s free-will and it would finally make doubt unjustified whether or not one chooses to enjoy and worship such a God.
We are now approaching the first part of my own argument in which we will zoom in on present human knowledge as regards to the resurrection of Jesus. We are actually granting here that a resurrection may well have occurred. Great! Should this truly put the matter of the existence of God to rest? To many Christians it would seem unreasonable to any longer question in the midst of a jaw dropping miracle, but for anyone who is interested in truly getting to the bottom of the matter, why stop there? Really?! I am even asking this reasonably and with sober expectations. I am asking this with regard to the historical context in which we are claiming that some kind of inexplicable miracle has occurred.
If there was no bridge of knowledge for the disciples of Jesus to verify the source of what is regarded as the greatest miracle then why should we assume that Jesus himself was speaking from knowledge? That he was speaking from God? What if Jesus himself was an extraordinary human being that possessed something akin to what people define in Chinese Medicine as the power of Chi? I don’t even care if you laugh at this point, just follow my logic here, what if Jesus built up his power of Chi so high that his body was destroyed but this power of Chi completely reanimated his crucified body within three days? Before you fly out of your seat and accuse me of being radically unreasonable allow me to simply reel you back in and say again that I do not claim to have any knowledge in this regard. I am just thinking! I’m thinking for myself, and I am attempting to evaluate what anyone, even the disciples of Jesus really knew in this regard?
What kind of premium should we truly put in having knowledge regarding these things? I’ll let you be the judge my friends. My simple appeal at the end of the day is this: 1) Are human beings limited in knowledge and the scope in which we can verify the source? Yes or no? 2) Does Christianity or any religion for that matter attempt to bridge the gap reasonably both in the past and in the present? Yes or no? 3) If too much remains open ended within a claim that even is alleged to be historically viable should this honestly lead to belief or a suspension of one’s judgment? Thank you for considering my points. I have one or two more approaches to this question of the resurrection of Jesus. Stay tuned!